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Whincup wins wild final race

A huge crash helped Jamie Whincup take out the final race and the overall prize purse for the V8 Supercars Albert Park 400 at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix today.

Having finished first in Friday’s opening race, and fourth in yesterday’s second race, Whincup went into today’s final already in the box seat to win the round.

But his cause was further boosted on the opening lap of the race when Craig Lowndes and Rick Kelly got together on the exit of Turn 10, crashing heavily and taking Steven Johnson and David Reynolds out with them.

They Said it - 2 - Alonso & Schumacher

Alonso thankful for recovery

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso recovered from a disastrous first lap to finish fourth. The Spaniard started fifth, was bumped back to ninth by Turn 3 on the opening lap, but fought back strongly and was just 1.2secs behind Renault’s Vitaly Petrov as he chased a podium spot.

“Petrov was risking a lot at the start at Turn 1 and missed a little of the apex,” said Alonso, “so Jenson (Button) had to avoid Vitaly and I had to avoid Jenson, so I lost a couple of positions,” he said.

Close shave brings luck for Ross Brawn

F1 has its quirky side, as Tim Collings reports

Mercedes team chief Ross Brawn this week revived his 'lucky haircut' habit ahead of Sunday's season-opening Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The Briton, widely-regarded as one of the top pit-wall boffins in Formula One, has been a regular visitor to 'Aussie's' barber shop in Melbourne city centre for many years - and picked up a winning habit along the way.

Mark continues the upward trend!

Fifth in Australia, fourth in Malaysia, third in China and now second in Turkey. Mark notched up his best result of the year at Istanbul Park on Sunday to play his part in the first Red Bull Racing one-two of the season. Mark also set the fastest lap of the race for the third successive Grand Prix.

“Second was the maximum I could get today,” says Mark. “I lost a load of time behind Nico after he got the jump on me at the start and by the time I’d found a way past him, Seb had enough daylight to control the race from the front.

Barrichello stunned by Red Bull pace… Perez makes a strong debut… Di Resta impresses

by Matthew Clayton

Barrichello: Red Bull in a different league

Williams veteran Rubens Barrichello spent six fruitful years with Ferrari in the early 2000s, and said Red Bull’s dominance in qualifying on Saturday afternoon reminded him of his time with the famed Italian team.

“The real story of today is how much (time) Red Bull have in hand – they have a different car,” the Brazilian said.

Baird to good in Porsches

by Andrew van Leeuwen

The world’s most successful Porsche GT3 racer – Craig Baird – has taken out the Porsche Carrera Cup round at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

The Albert Park round was the first for the re-born Carrera Cup, which has been on hiatus in this country since 2009. And Baird did it reasonably easily, winning two of the three races to win the round by a whopping 30 points.

Rocca holds out Harris in a Lexus Celebrity thriller

by Mark Fattore

Saverio Rocca fought a brilliant rearguard action to hold out skateboarding star Corbin Harris in today’s second and final Lexus Celebrity Challenge race at the 2011 Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix.

Harris stalked Rocca the whole way, but just couldn’t break down the defences of the former AFL great, who has now taken his prodigious kicking skills all the way to the NFL in America.

And the pace was red-hot too, with Rocca’s elapsed time four seconds faster than his race one effort.

Baird keen to dodge TV ridicule

by Andrew van Leeuwen

Craig Baird has pinned his unstoppable form in today’s second Carrera Cup race on his fellow-ONE HD commentators.

Baird is working with Greg Rust on the host broadcaster’s television coverage of this weekend’s Grand Prix, as well as racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup. And he says that second place in Friday’s race gave his fellow commentators too much ammunition.

“I took that much stick from all the blokes in the commentary box for the last two days, with not qualifying pole and not winning a race,” he said.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation to host the Australian premiere of SENNA

On Wednesday 20 July, 2011 the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, in conjunction with Universal Pictures and Crown Entertainment Complex, will roll out the red carpet in Melbourne for the Australian premiere of SENNA.

The highly anticipated film follows triple Formula 1™ World Champion Ayrton Senna through his F1 career from its start in 1984 to its sudden and tragic end at Imola in 1994.

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